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PODCAST: Pandemic Lessons Learned: ESG Strategies for a Sustainable Recovery
Alternatives

PODCAST: Pandemic Lessons Learned: ESG Strategies for a Sustainable Recovery

Our latest "Talking Markets" podcast examines post-pandemic shifts in priorities and behaviors for companies and investors using environmental, social, and corporate governance strategies.

Getting Ready for EU SFDR: Impact of Sustainable Finance Disclosure Regulation
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Getting Ready for EU SFDR: Impact of Sustainable Finance Disclosure Regulation

We recently assembled a panel to discuss the European Union’s Sustainable Finance Disclosure Regulation, which represents part of a plan to reorient capital towards a more sustainable economy, to mainstream sustainability into risk management, and foster transparency. Here, we share highlights from the panel.

ESG Will Define the Post-COVID Era
Fixed Income

ESG Will Define the Post-COVID Era

“As we flip the calendar to 2021, we are getting closer to a point at which the economic shocks of the past year become prologue for the economic stories ahead. We anticipate being constructive in a number of regions as the world transitions toward a post-COVID era." - Michael Hasenstab, Executive Vice President, Portfolio Manager Chief Investment Officer, Templeton Global Macro.

PODCAST: ESG Investing: What to Expect in 2021 and Beyond
Perspectives

PODCAST: ESG Investing: What to Expect in 2021 and Beyond

Julie Moret, our global Head of Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG), speaks with AssetTV’s Jenna Dagenhart about the ways the COVID-19 pandemic has affected ESG investing, and what these shifts could mean in 2021 and beyond.

Water Disruption: Investment Risk from Multiple Angles
Perspectives

Water Disruption: Investment Risk from Multiple Angles

Water itself isn’t just an economic policy issue and risk arising from population growth and climate change. Water is impacting the day-to-day operations of investee companies and how they are thinking through their own business models and business risk.

Notes from the Trading Desk
Equity

Notes from the Trading Desk

The US presidential election remains a key investor focus in Europe. Democratic nominee Joe Biden continues to lead in the polls; however, President Donald Trump’s comeback in the 2016 election proves that there is still scope for uncertainty over the final result. There is also risk of a contested result, which would imply prolonged equity market uncertainty.

Green Bonds Growing in Europe
Fixed Income

Green Bonds Growing in Europe

Growing concerns about climate change have caused an explosion in “green” bonds amongst environmentally conscious investors. David Zahn, our Head of European Fixed Income, highlights some exciting developments in the green bond market, including new issuance from Germany.

Notes from the Trading Desk – Europe
Equity

Notes from the Trading Desk – Europe

 Last week saw equity markets continue their grind higher, with the familiar theme of US technology stocks leading the way higher. Volumes and news flow were once again fairly light due to the summer holiday season.

Quick Thoughts: Wall Street and Main Street Disconnect
Equity

Quick Thoughts: Wall Street and Main Street Disconnect

Our Head of Equities, Stephen Dover, gives his take on how COVID-19 has accelerated economic changes and explains what may have caused the stock markets’ second-quarter ascent.

“Build Back Better”: COVID-19 Brings the “S” From ESG Into Focus
Perspectives

“Build Back Better”: COVID-19 Brings the “S” From ESG Into Focus

Dislocations resulting from the pandemic shine a light on environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues, which can be used as an additional tool to identify leading companies from the laggards, according to Franklin Templeton’s Global Head of ESG, Julie Moret.

Coronavirus Pandemic Shifts Focus to ESG
Equity

Coronavirus Pandemic Shifts Focus to ESG

The coronavirus pandemic has highlighted the importance of financial market risks that fit within the realm of environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors—namely disaster preparedness and health risks. Templeton Global Equity Group's Maarten Bloemen argues we will see recently highlighted ESG considerations more acutely on the radar of investors, while other issues previously on the backburner due to coronavirus—such as climate change—will likely come back to the spotlight.

Closing the European Performance Gap
Equity

Closing the European Performance Gap

Although European equities performed well in 2019, there’s still a significant value and performance gap compared to US stocks, according to Franklin Mutual Series Portfolio Manager Katrina Dudley. Here, she gives reasons why she’s optimistic about the backdrop for European value stocks and discusses some potential market-moving events she’s monitoring.